Reservoir Inn – appeal upheld

Many village residents will be saddened to learn that the government planning inspector has overturned the decision by the Hinckley & Bosworth BC Planning Committee to refuse the planning application to convert the old Bull’s Head pub into five flats. I am a member of the committee and I voted against the application in order to buy some time for an alternative community-led proposal for the future use of the site. Unfortunately, no viable plan emerged. The owner appealed against our decision and on Wednesday it was confirmed that he had succeeded. To make matters worse, costs were awarded against HBBC and council taxpayers must foot the bill for the appeal. On the upside, the inspector has applied some additional conditions to the design of the street-facing elevation of the building to protect the privacy of residents living on the other side of Main Street.

Read the full decision below.

Andy Furlong

Bagworth & Thornton Parish Council Meeting

7pm Monday 07 Jun 2021

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of Bagworth and Thornton Parish Council will be held on the above date, commencing promptly at 7.00pm for the transaction of the business detailed on the agenda. The public and media are cordially invited to attend and present questions regarding items on the agenda only.

Details of location or arrangements to follow for virtual participation are to be confirmed .Venue: TBC Contact – Parish Clerk Agenda:

2021 06 07 Bagworth & Thornton Parish Council Meeting (PDF, 327 Kb)

Parish Council Vacancy


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Bagworth & Thornton Parish Council in the Thornton Ward.

If by 15 June 2021 (14 days excluding Dies Non, after the date of this notice) a request for an
election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place no later than 18 August 2021.

Dated 25 May 2021
Bill Cullen
Returning Officer
Hinckley Hub
Rugby Road
LE10 0FR

Thornton’s newest residents

Are they all mine! – Copyright Gillatphotography

Just hatched – number three – Copyright Gillatphotography – 17th May 2021

Bundle of fluff – Copyright Gillatphotography – 17th May 2021

Keeping snug -Copyright Gillatphotography – 17th May 2021

Two down – five more to go – Copyright Gillatphotography – 17th May 2021

Proud parent – Copyright – Gillatphotography

First trip out – Copyright Gillatphotography – Sunday 16th May 2021

Love a duck – Copyright Gillatphotography

Peekaboo – Copyright Gillatphotography

Our Mandarin has taken up residence in the woods

Copyright Gillatphotography

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Fifteen Acres of Adventure in the Heart of Leicester Providing adventurous outdoor activity experiences designed to stimulate, educate and motivate young people and others at affordable prices in a challenging and safe environment.

This is a registered small charity that has experienced tough times over the past 15 months..

Why not have some fun and try out their fantastic facilities with family, friends, work colleagues.

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Free Online Webinars – Cyber Awareness Fraud and Scams

Leicestershire Police Cyber Protect are partnering with Nationwide Building Society to bring you advice and guidance on how to stay safe online and avoid scams in two free webinars.

The first session is a non tech awareness webinar for the public on Thursday 13th May 1.30pm – and is aimed at anyone who uses email and the internet.

The second session, 18th May 6pm,  is aimed at businesses including an overview on current threats and signposting to a vast array of free resources in order to help increase their resilience against cybercrime and fraud.

Places must be booked through Eventbrite – either via the link below, or, if you prefer not to click on links, search “Nationwide Cyber” on the Eventbrite home page.

13th May – Public Session

18th May – Business Session
Message Sent By
Sam Hancock (Police, Cyber Protect Officer, Leicestershire)

Nature Notes

See the nature notes page for Andy Smith’s Spring update.

Ratby Burroughs – bluebells – copyright Gillatphotography

Budokan Kempo Karate Club

As lockdown eases Thornton Community Centre begins to re-open after several months of closure.

And an exciting new Karate club will be coming to the village.

Chris Fitches had hoped to start up a Budokan Kempo Karate Club last October but was thwarted by the lockdown. It is now scheduled to start on Thursday 20th May.

There will be two hour sessions of Budokan Kempo Karate starting at 6.30pm  every Thursday in the Community Centre sports hall.

Childrens session – 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Adults session – 7.30pm – 8.30pm

For more information:-  Contact: Chris Fitches 07583 812436